Guest Post: The Unexpectedness of Falling in Love

Hey, everyone! Today, Rachel Strong, the author of That Girl, is here to share her thoughts on falling in love! Hope you enjoy (and don’t forget to check out her book)!

The Un­expectedness of Falling in Love

‘It’s funny how we fall in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected times!’

I’ve only ever been in love once, and I’m really lucky that after thirteen years together I’m still as in love with him as I was all those years ago. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always sweetness and light, he irritates me beyond belief and sometimes I could quite happily strangle him, but I still get the same excited feeling in my tummy when he comes home from work, just like I used to in the beginning ­ maybe not every day, but most days, but then maybe that’s because after a stressful afternoon with three kids, I’m just so relieved to have another adult around! (Only joking Greg)

When I met my husband, the last thing I ever thought would happen would be to fall in love with him. To be honest, despite fancying the pants of him, my first impression wasn’t great. He was very quiet, barely said two words to me all night and to me looks aren’t the most important factor, personality is! Yes, it’s nice to have someone nice to look at, with a nice body, but a man that makes me laugh win hands down ­ every time. Despite that first impression, this is the reason I fell in love with Greg ­ he made me laugh lots, most of the time I’m was more laughing at him than with him, but still, he made me laugh.

How I met Greg was so un­expected, I didn’t have a great track record with boys, I was barely eighteen and boys were all I could think about, I desperately wanted a boyfriend and went out with the most disgusting species of mankind that treat my appallingly, and by the time Greg meandered into my life, I had kind of given up and decided to enjoy being single and care­free!

For weeks my best friend and her boyfriend at the time were desperately trying to set me up with his friend, but I wasn’t interested, I was too obsessed with someone that liked to pick me up and drop me when he felt like it. I thought I was in love with him ­ I now know I wasn’t ­ and so I kept brushing them off. Eventually, after much persuasion, I agreed to meet this Greg ­ who my friend described looked like a pixie, which didn’t enthral me ­ and we arranged that Greg would come with the best friend’s boyfriend and meet us out on New Year’s Eve.

In the end though, Greg didn’t turn up, which was a good job really, if he had seen me that night I doubt we would be coming up to our eleventh wedding anniversary, he would have taken one look at me and scarpered. I was drunk and emotional, bouncing from the guy I was obsessed with, to some randomer I’d met the week before, and in the end I was put in a taxi and sent home, I didn’t even see midnight!

The best friend didn’t give up so easily ­ which I am very thankful for now ­ and so on the 10th of January 2003, I was conned into meeting the man who would eventually become my husband, my best friend and father to my three babies.

As I said earlier, by this point I’d given up on men (boys) and just wanted to have some fun with my friend, a few glasses of wine whilst watching a girlie film and lots of giggles ­ that didn’t happen! At the last minute she sent a text letting me know her boyfriend was joining us, to say I was hacked off was an understatement! I just wanted a good old fashioned girl’s night in, where I could rant to my heart’s content about how evil men were, not play gooseberry to the two of them.

Then, to make matters worse, to my absolute horror, when they came to pick me up, Pixie boy was in the car! But, as I turned and had a sneaky look, I thanked god that I’d made an effort and not just come out in my pyjamas, like I planned, because hell fire, he was hot!

That night was a bit of a drag to be honest, best friend and lover boy were all over each other, whilst hot pixie (he doesn’t look like a pixie at all!) and I sat awkwardly at opposite ends of the room, I couldn’t wait to escape!

When the gruesome twosome disappeared upstairs and left me with Greg, I just wanted to melt into the floor and disappear, he was so quiet and had barely spoken to me, I think he was as annoyed as I was about the trick they’d played on us. Eventually we got talking, he came across as a bit of a big head, a show off and, despite his hotness, I didn’t like him very much. But then, out of nowhere, he started to make me laugh, I mean proper belly laugh and I was hooked!

The night ended with us joined at the lips, sharing a taxi home and swapping numbers. He must have barely left my house before he texted me, asking me out the next night, which, despite me falling over on the way to his car, was the best date ever! And the rest is history!

The point I’m trying to make really, is that you never know when it’s going to happen, you can’t control when, how or even who you fall in love with, it just springs it’s self upon you, as James, one of the main characters in my new book, That Girl, found out. When he met Katie, he wasn’t in a good place, he’d just been dumped by long term girlfriend, Hailey, and he was heartbroken. But then Katie popped up in his life and he was hooked. He knew that his relationship with Katie wasn’t right and he knew he shouldn’t see her, but he couldn’t control his feeling for her. When you fall in love, you can’t just switch it off, you can’t control who you fall in love with!

About her book

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Title: That Girl
Author: Rachel Strong
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback or eBook
Release Date: June 9, 2016
Page Count: 278 Pages

Description:
After serving half of a three­ year prison sentence, James is out and ready to try and get his life back on track, which means forgetting about the girl who sent him to prison in the first place ­ despite the fact he’s still in love with her!

Katie knows that she can’t see James, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If she does it could send him straight back to prison, but, she still loves him and is desperate to make things right and tell him how sorry she is for ruining his life. After accidently bumping into each other, James and Katie can’t stay away from one another and so begin to see each other in secret. After a slight wobble on James’s part, when he decides he can’t take the risk of going back to prison, Katie decides enough is enough and it really is time to move on and put James behind her.

Heartbroken, James decides to try and get his life in order. But due to his conviction it’s not as straightforward as he would like, leaving him miserable and despairing at what his life has become. When a job opportunity comes up hundreds of miles away he doesn’t hesitate to head south and put his troubles behind him.

Can James and Katie forget each other and move on with their lives without one another?

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About the Author

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Rachel Strong is a romance author and lives in Lancashire, England, with her husband, three children and little dog Daisy. Rachel works part time as a Health Care Assistant at her local hospital, but her real passion is writing.

Ever since she can remember, Rachel has been writing stories but didn’t really take it seriously until summer 2012 when her husband discovered one of her stories, read it and convinced her that it was good. She loves writing and creating characters, sometimes a whole day can pass her by, just sitting at her laptop, typing away.

When she’s not writing, Rachel loves to read slushy romance novels, chick­lit and a good thriller. When she finds a spare moment she will be found curled up on the sofa with her nose in a book.

Rachel’s debut novel ‘Complicated Love’ is out now with her second novel ‘That Girl’ is due to be released this coming June.

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